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Parents now have the ability to submit attendance reasons through Skyward Family Access instead of calling the school. Attendance can be entered on that day (illness) or for future events (doctor’s appointment). Absences can be recorded for all day, late arrival or early dismissal. Please click here to follow the directions to enter the absence via Skyward.



If you are unable to report the absence via Skyward or reach the Attendance Office via telephone, please e-mail: with attendance matters.



To report your student absence via telephone, please us the user prompts below:


  • Parents or guardians of a Penn student, call 574-254-2828 to report absences.
  • When calling, please briefly provide the student's full name (always spell the last name), the student's ID number, the reason for absence or dismissal, and, in case of the need to call back, a contact phone number.


Please listen carefully to the three different Attendance prompts. They are as follows:

  • To report an early dismissal for TODAY, press 1. This would include, for example, an appointment, family emergency, etc., that will take place during the current school day. Include a time for the early dismissal, and the reason.
  • To report a dismissal/absence for a FUTURE DATE, press 2. This would include an appointment, college visit, family event, etc., that would be taking place on a future school day. Please include a date, time and reason for the absence/early dismissal.
  • To report an ILLNESS TODAY or a LATE ARRIVAL TODAY, or to QUESTION AN UNCONFIRMED ABSENCE, press 3. Please provide a short comment regarding the illness, i.e. the flu, cold, etc. In the case of a long-term illness, in addition to contacting the attendance office, please contact the student’s counselor and nurse. If a student is absent for 10 (or more) consecutive school days, please contact A doctor’s note is required for a medical absence of 10 days or more.
  • For students arriving late, please provide a reason and approximate time of arrival if available.


Students who will be out of school for a college visit will need to bring back to Penn a note on college letterhead verifying the date. Absences due to Job Shadowing experiences and Youth Leadership events will also need to be verified.


Parents may call LINE 2 up to one month in advance of planned absences/early dismissals.


Click here for information regarding two-hour delays.